AVG Technologies released AVG Anti-Virus Free 8.0, the latest version of the company's popular and widely-used free security software. AVG Anti-Virus Free 8.0 has been significantly improved with new integrated protection against spyware and malicious search engine hyperlinks.
The software, available for free download at http://free.avg.com, also offers a new scanning engine for faster performance and reduced system resource requirements.
AVG Free provides core protection against viruses and spyware, together with the safe-searching component of the company's patent-pending LinkScanner(R) technology, which provides real-time flagging of malicious hyperlinks in Google, Yahoo, and MSN search results.
"With the release of AVG Free 8.0, we are underscoring our belief that all computer users, regardless of their computer usage needs, have the right to a safe and worry-free computing experience," says Karel Obluk, chief technology officer at AVG Technologies.
"However, it is important for users to remember that AVG Free does not protect against the full range of today's web-borne threats. For complete protection, users should consider AVG's commercial products, which scan for and block threats before they can infect the computer or disrupt the user experience."
AVG Technologies released the 8.0 versions of its commercial products in February 2008. Home users can choose AVG Anti-Virus, AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall, or AVG Internet Security, while business users can select networked versions of the Anti-Virus and Internet Security products as well as file- and email-server based Anti-Virus. Further information about AVG's commercial products can be found on the company's website at http://www.avg.com.
AVG Free 8.0 is intended for personal and non-commercial use on single computers running Windows 2000, XP or Vista. The product will be released initially in English, with Japanese following next week; other language versions are planned for release over the next several months.
While AVG Technologies does not provide support for AVG Free 8.0, the company hosts a website and forum for user-driven support at http://free.avg.com. Interested users can download the software at this site or at third-party download sites such as CNET Download.com.
About AVG Technologies
Founded in 1991 and headquartered in the Czech Republic, AVG is a leading international developer of Internet threat protection solutions for consumers, SMBs and small enterprises. AVG protects more than 70 million computer users around the world.
The company has regional offices in North America and the United Kingdom, and employs some of the world's leading experts in Internet security, specifically in the areas of threat research, analysis and detection. AVG's award-winning products are distributed globally through resellers and over the Internet as well as via third parties through Software Developer's Kits (SDK).